When the desired child fails, many couples embark on a true treatment odyssey. It is often overlooked that the cause of infertility can not be in the abdomen, but in the neck area: in a disorder of the thyroid gland. Professor Gerhard Hintze, Bad Oldesloe, pointed out this connection to the forum thyroid gland: "Both hyperfunction and an underactive thyroid can disturb the concept of conception". Affected women would become less likely to be pregnant and more likely to be affected by miscarriages, the expert said. In finding and treating the disease, the difficulties could be largely avoided. With an early diagnosis of thyroid disorders, sometimes expensive procedures for the treatment of unwanted childlessness are unnecessary. Given the limited cash benefits in this area, it is also worthwhile for those affected to think of the thyroid gland.
With its hormones, the thyroid regulates vital processes throughout the body, including fertility and reproduction. Thyroid and sex hormones like estrogen are closely related and mutually influential. If the thyroid hormones get out of balance, the female hormones also go crazy: ovulation and menstrual periods can no longer be normal.
If a woman wants to get pregnant, chances are bad. Above all, an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can cause the long-awaited wish child is missing. The hyperthyroidism also bothers the conception, but not so often. For a hyperthyroidism has the more dramatic on the course of pregnancy, if left untreated: miscarriages, premature birth or malformations of the child can occur here.
Furthermore, the body's own defenses of fertility can play a trick: In about six to ten percent of all women, the immune system forms a defense against the thyroid. This so-called autoimmune disease does not always have to be noticeable at first glance. But women who have such thyroid defense bodies in their blood are twice as likely to miscarry than other women. In artificial insemination (in vitro fertilization), the chances of success for a pregnancy are also significantly worse.
Disorders of thyroid function can often only be detected by a targeted examination. So many affected women who want to get pregnant, yet know about the fertility blockade through their thyroid. Therefore important for all women with unfulfilled desire to have children or previous miscarriages: The thyroid function should definitely be checked by the doctor with a blood test.
Certain thyroid hormones, especially the so-called TSH, and the thyroid antibodies are measured. Even women who are already suffering from another autoimmune disorder or have diseased family members, should be tested. The autoimmune diseases include, for example, a certain form of diabetes (diabetes mellitus type I). The tests are associated with little effort and can bring a possible cause of childlessness quickly to light.
Therefore, before consuming and expensive gynecological treatments are started, the thyroid gland should always be well examined and a malfunction should be treated if necessary. As a rule, this is quite possible, so that nothing stands in the way of a pregnancy.